Thursday, September 12th, 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Theme: Economic Development at the Crossroads: India and NRIs/PIOs
9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Session I - Global Economic and Political Environment in Twenty-first Century
Chairperson: Dr. Sushila Gidwani, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Economics, Manhattan College.
Dr. C-Rene Dominique, Professor of Economics, Lavelle University, Canada,
On the Viability of Unfettered Globalization
Dr. Rashmi Mayur, Director, International Institute of Sustainable Future,
New York
Challenges to India: Beyond the Earth Summit
Joydeep Mukherji: Director, Sovereign Ratings Group, Standard & Poor's, 
Economic Development: India and China - A Comparative Analysis
Dr. Asiananda: Prof. of Philosophy, Intercultural Open University,
Netherlands and Holder, Sri Aurobindo Chair for Human Unity
The Pax Indica of the Spirit - PIO Role in Envisioning a Post-Cold War Global 
Peace Order
10.30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session II - Trade, Development and Technology
Chairperson: Dr. Surendra Kaushik, Professor of Economics, Pace University, New York, NY
Dr. T.N. Srinivasan, Professor & Chairperson, Department of Economics, Yale University, CT 
Subject to confirm
Dr. Anirvan Banerji, Director, Economic Cycles Research Institute, New 
York, NY
Business Cycles and Economic Volatility
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Dr. Muthu Sankaran, Development Activist, Harford, CT,
Trade for Prosperity & Service for Humanity
Rangaswami Elango: Rural Development Activist, Kuthambakkam, Tamilnadu, India
Rural Empowerment - A Gandhian Strategy
Dr. Ajay Shah, Consultant, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi
Financial Services in India
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. to 3:30p.m. Session III - Economic Modernization and Finance
Chairperson: Dr. Piyush Agarwal, Former Expert, UNESCO and Superintendent, NJ School Region
Dr. Hrishikesh Vinod, Professor of Economics and Director of the 
Institute of Ethics and Economic Policy, Fordham University, NY
Open Economy and Financial Burden of Corruption: Theory and Application to Asia
Harsh Bhargava, Director, I Create, New Jersey and India
Creating Job creators instead of Job Seekers through Grassroots Entrepreneurship
Dr. Ganga P. Ramdas, Professor, Department of Economics, Lincoln 
University, PA
Property Rights in the Development process.
Dr. Prabhakar: Director, Society for Rural Improvement
Empowerment of poor women - Micro-credit and Poverty Alleviation in the 
socio-economic cultural context
3:30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Coffee/Tea Break
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Session IV
Political Stability, Economic Privatization, Global Interaction and Development - Role of NRIs/PIOs
Chairperson: Dr. Sid Gautam, Professor of Economics, Methodist University, South Carolina
Dr. Abraham M. George: Founder, The George Foundation, Bangalore and 
New Jersey
Rural Development, and the Effective Role of NGOs.
Ravi Dev, Chairman, ROAR, Guyana
Development Opportunities for
PIO-populated Countries: Guyana 
Prashant Gupta, Community Activist, Chicago 
Tigers Out of Dinosaurs: a Challenge for Higher Education 
Jagdish Mundhra, Development Activist, Chicago and Rajasthan
Rural Empowerment: a Challenge of Rural Education
Ar. UK Bhoobalan, Architect, Chennai
Urban Planning and Economic Development 
Thursday, Sept 12th Inauguration
Inaugural Speech of Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth 
Friday, Sept. 13th
9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. - Conference Sessions
9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Session I - Opportunities in Nanotechnology and Biotechnology 
Conference Session Coordinator - Dr. K. Srinivas Rao, Shantha Biotech, New York
Moderator - Prof. P. Somasundaran, Columbia University, New York
Dr. K. Srinivas Rao, Shantha Biotech, New York
Biotechnology Overview
Rajan Pillai, Director, Nanocrystal Technology, Briar Cliff Manor, NY
Emerging Opportunties in Nanotechnology 
Dr. Mukul Ranjan, Technology Transfer Manager, National Institute Of Health, Bethesda, MD,
Emerging Technologies in Biotechnology
Dr. Ryan Baidya, President and CEO, BioZak Inc., San Jose, CA
Bridging Gap Between IT and Biotechnology
10.30 to 11.00 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
11.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. Session II - Opportunities in Next Generation Software/Networking/Wireless Technologies 
Conference Session Coordinators - Dr. Srikumar Rao, Professor and Sejal Lakhani, President of PRINA Inc.
Moderator - Dr. Shrikumar Rao, Louis and Johanna Vorzimer Professor of Marketing at Long Island University
Venkat sharma, US Manager, Quan Ventures (Switzerland and 
Connecticut), Easton, CT 
Opportunities in Current and Next Generation Information
Sudhakar Shenoy, CEO, Information Management Consultants, McLean, 
What is New in Information Management Business
Dr. Anindya Basu, Research Scientist, Lucent Technologies
Opportunities in Networking
Sunil Savant, President, Software International Inc.
What is New in Call Center and Software Technology
Raj Sumangali, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase
Wireless Computing - Financial Services
12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Networking Lunch - Luncheon Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, NY, Formerly distinguished professor at Harvard University
2.00 p.m. to 3.3 0 p.m. Session III - Opportunities in Hospitality Industry
Conference Session Coordinators - Niraj Baxi and Prakash Shah
Moderator - Niraj Baxi, Financial Planner and President-Elect, NFIA Inc.
Nitin Shah, COO, Imperial Hospitality, Inc.
Subject to confirm
Harish Pattni, President, Pattni Lodging, Inc.
Subject to confirm
Prakash Shah, CEO, First Growth Mortgage and Realty
Subject to confirm
3.3 0 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Networking Coffee Break
4.00 p.m. to 5.3 0 p.m. Session IV - Opportunities for NRIs/PIOs in Franchising and Service Industry
Conference Session Coordinator -Radha Krishnan, Consultant and Exec Director, NFIA
Moderator - Radha Krishnan
Dr. Joy Cherian, President, J Cherian Consultants, Washington, DC 
International Trade In Services: Challenges Ahead for SMEs (Small & 
Medium Sized Enterprises)
Dr. Sid Gautam, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Methodist
College, Fayetteville, NC 
Franchising Opportunities for NRIs/PIOs  A Perspective
6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Net working Cocktail Reception
Saturday, Sept. 14th
9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. - Conference Sessions
9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Session V - Business and Investment Opportunities in India
Conference Session Coordinator - Dr. Kidambi Raghunathan, Presdient, International Product and Technology Exchange, South Plainfield, NJ
Moderator - Dr. K. Raghunathan
Muralidhar N. Chaini, President of Corporate Affairs, Reliance
Industries Ltd. Mumbai
Investment Opportunities in Infrastructure Projects in India
Dr. Muhammed Majeed, Founder and CEO, Sabinsa Corp., Bangalore and 
New Jersey
Making a Business Successful in India - An NRI Experience
Jatinder Kumar, Chairman, FICCI USA Steering Committee and 
President, Economic and Technical Consultants, Inc., Washington, DC
Business Opportunities in India, How FICCI and Other Organizations Could Help NRIs and PIOs
10.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Session VI - Trading and Business Opportunities in North America
Conference Session Coordinator- Anand Ahuja, Esq. , Attorney-at-Law, New York, NY
Moderator -Anand Ahuja
Sreedhar Menon, Chairman of the Board and Strategic Advisor/Equity
Partner, VITEOS Technology Limited (Bangalore) and former Deputy 
President of American Express Bank Ltd. (New York)
Business Opportunities, Issues,
and Challenges for NRIs and PIOs in North America
Karan Bhatia, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of 
Commerce, Washington, DC
Business and Trading Opportunities in the US
Ian Burchett, Consul, Investment and corporate Relations, Canadian
Consulate, New York
Business and Trading Opportunities in Canada
Bruce Atkin, Attorney-at-Law, Washington, DC
US and Foreign Customs and International Trade
Lata R Setty, Principal, Innovation asset Management, LP, Boston, MA
Intellectual Property Rights: Technology, Innovation and Business
Development in North America
12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Networking Lunch
2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Session VII - Opportunities in West Indies and Africa
Conference Session Coordinators - Dr. Jagat Motwani and Deo Gosine
Moderator - Dr. Jagat Motwani, International Coordinator, GOPIO
Yesu Persaud, Chairman, Demerara Bank Ltd., Georgetown, Guyana
Business Opportunities in Guyana
Anil Gayan, Minister for External Affairs, Mauritius
NRI/PIO Business Opportunities in Mauritius
Cobs Pillay, Dept. of Trade and Industry, South Africa Consulate, 
New York
Subject to Confirm
3.3 0 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Networking Coffee Break
4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Session VIII - Opportunities in Europe, Middle East and Far East
Conference Session Coordinator - George Abraham, Executive Director, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI)
Moderator - Ram Lakhina, Chairman GOPIO and Principal, Lakhina Enterprises
George Abraham, Executive Director, SICCI, Singapore 
Ethnic Connection in Foreign Direct Investment
Dwarkesh Shah, Chairman, Imexma GmbH, Germany
NRI/PIO Opportunities in Continental Europe
Ajay Hiralal Panot - Chairman, Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam
Opportunities in Vietnam
Raju Mandhyan, Fil-Indian Chamber of Commerce, Philippines
NRI Opportunities in Philippines and Nearby Countries
H.S. Mejie, Chairman, PCP International, Jordan
Opportunities in The Middle East
Saturday, Sept. 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10 a.m to 10.45 a.m. Workshop I - Managing a Successful, Early-Stage Enterprise"
Workshop Leader: Raja Ramachandran, CEO of, Boston, MA.
11 a.m to 11.45 a.m. Workshop II - Why It Is A Perfect Time to Enter into the Bio-Business
Workshop Leader: Dr. Ryan Baidya, Chairman, President & CEO. BioZak, Inc.
2.00 p.m to 2.45 p.m. Workshop III - Developing an Intellectual Property Portfolio - A Systematic Approach."
Workshop Leader: Lata R Setty, Principal, Innovation Asset Management, LP, (Boston, MA).
3.00 p.m to 3.45 p.m. Workshop IV - Doing Business in and with USA
Workshop Leader: Anand Ahuja, Esq., Attorney-at-Law, New York, NY
Papers: Legal Issues affecting MNCs , US Government Procurement System
4.00 p.m to 5.15 p.m. Workshop V - Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances and Funding - The Path to Enhancing the Value of One's Business
Facilitators: Mr. Suresh Kumar, President and CEO of Nexage Technologies USA, Inc., New Jersey Mr Suresh Peddu, President of NetIP-NY. Lata R. Setty, Esq, Principal, Innovation Asset Management, LP